"I met him at the Royal Arctic Institute"

The Royal Arctic Institute in Lyra's London is a place that displays research and evidence from exploration to the Arctic regions, and is a source of endless fascination for Lyra. It is in fact fictional, although there are several organisations in our reality dedicated to Arctic research, such as the International Arctic Research Centre and the Arctic and Antarctic Research Centre. Neither of those are located in London; they are in Alaska and St. Petersburg respectively.